Programs: Apparel Design & Merchandising
Colorado State University
Founded in 1870 and located in Fort Collins, Colorado, this public co-educational university of 30,000 students, has a 586-acre main campus and a very good Design and Merchandising Studies Department. It became a land-grant college in 1879, and was granted university status in 1957. This school and the relevant Department offer three academic programs: Apparel Design and Production, Interior Design, and Merchandising. The programs, all leading to a BS degree, have in common an understanding of design, business practices, and the needs of the client.
Technology and Facilities
Students have at their disposal the latest in industry-based technology and they bridge to their future professions through study tours, internships, design shows, and student organizations. A major educational asset is the Avenir Museum of Design and Merchandising; a repository of historically and culturally significant costumes, textiles, and interior artifacts of the ordinary person. These collections are visual symbols of the department and are often made public through exhibitions.
Students have the opportunity to work with these items according to museum standards of care and handling. There is a vivid global perspective in these studies, both inside the classrooms and off, to exciting destinations. Through service learning projects, students reach out to the community, as they apply their professional expertise.
The ideas of business social responsibility and sustainability are predominant. Ethical decision-making is balanced with profitability. Faculty and graduate student research focuses on medical textiles, socially responsible advertising, sustainable consumption and many more.
Reputation and Statistics
The Design and Merchandising Department is a recognized leader in cultivating innovative and socially responsible solutions to local and global human-centered challenges in apparel, interior design, and merchandising.
The acceptance rate is 75% and as a University it has been named “Best Western College” in the region, according to the Princeton Review.